WASHINGTON, July 24 -

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Mr. Speaker, last week I met with Dr. Loretta Williams, an oncology nurse from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. For 30 years, Dr. Williams has provided care to cancer patients, whether they have battled the disease for years or they are just beginning the fight. I was impressed by her comparison and her dedication.

People like Dr. Williams are why MD Anderson is the greatest cancer center in the world, named the top hospital for cancer care for the 6th year in a row. While its innovative cancer research is most impressive, dedicated and knowledgeable staff are the reasons why it remains the number one center for cancer care.

It all starts at the top with Dr. Ronald DePinho. Dr. DePinho is an impressive individual. His main motivation is to provide the best care possible to patients while conducting creative research to dramatically reduce the number of deaths from cancer.

This year, MD Anderson will see its one-millionth patient since its doors opened in 1994. Each day lives are forever changed by the staff and volunteers who are tenaciously determined to stop cancer.

And thatís just the way it is.

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